Dance

This weekend I drove 7 hours north to the coastal town of Arcata, to do a Fusion dance workshop with my friend and dance teacher Justin Riley. Whoa there! Now why is a tall, skinny, 61-year-old, over-intellectual writer and coach driving right across the state to spend the weekend in a dance studio with a bunch […]

Inspired

Just the other day, I heard the word “inspired” in a whole new way. One of my coaching clients, who has a big bold vision to change the world in a wonderful way, was telling me he had felt blocked in his flow and so started reading other people’s work for “inspiration.” The word “inspire” […]

A Simple Practice to Overcome Procrastination and Develop Self-Trust

PRACTICES TO MOVE FROM Intention to Accomplishment My new book, Radical Brilliance describes four phases of the “Brilliance Cycle,” which combine together to become the reliable basis of a brilliant life.  It references hundreds of practices we can use to move freely through the cycle.  Here is an excerpt from the book: Practices that move us from […]

Set Point

I was speaking with one of my coaching clients the other day. He has a big bold vision that could make a difference on a global scale, but he is also aware of the habits that hold him back. That, of course, is why he is getting coached. Just when we had hit a particularly […]

The Neurochemistry of Flow

The following is an excerpt from my latest book, Radical Brilliance. Enjoy! As we move from states of awakening to states of flow, researchers suggest that we still see the secretion of serotonin, but now with increased secretion of dopamine, subjectively moving us from contentment to excitement. Dr. Fred Travis, the director of the Center for […]

The Brilliance of Living a Misfit Life

My latest book, Radical Brilliance, is the fruit of my lifelong experience of feeling like a misfit. I was born to very intellectual and also very neurotic parents in London in the 1950s. The world of my childhood was scattered everywhere with books. For my first birthday, when kids today might get a stuffed animal or […]

Why People Get Coached

When I wrote my most recent book, Radical Brilliance, I conducted more than 420 interviews with the most brilliant people I could find, alive on the planet today. I was looking for common themes which they shared: habits, traits, and mindsets that were a reliable predictor of brilliance. Not all brilliant people are incredibly healthy (most […]

Why We Practice

We just completed a Radical Brilliance Laboratory here in Nevada City (you can find out more about what that is on our events page). These one-week events are primarily about practice; there is very little lecturing, training, or question and answer time. We spend most of our time together practicing in all four quadrants of the Radical Brilliance cycle. […]

No Time for Hair or Make Up

With sirens blazing, and lights flashing, the fire truck screams through the thick, black night. On the other side of town, smoke has been reported billowing out of an upper floor apartment. Jim Acosta, Bert Adams, and Skip O’Reilly have been working together as a team for thirty years. They have rescued children, old people, […]

How To Make Mistakes

I have written nine books. Sometimes it felt like giving birth to cement blocks. I raised two boys, very nervously. I never thought I would pull that one off. I have been married for 16 years to my lovely wife Chameli and it keeps getting better. What a blessing. What a miracle. But all of […]

Not Crazy, Not Busy

My new book Radical Brilliance came out recently, and so I am doing interviews about it. Recently, a friend and colleague invited me to be a guest on her podcast. We talked directly on the phone together, not through my publicist. I looked at the calendar and said, “I’d love to do something in May: […]